Navajo National Monument is a non-fee park located within the Navajo Nation in Northeastern Arizona. The park protects three cliff dwelling sites (Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House) that date back to 1300 AD.
The visitor center is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The visitor center building includes an information desk, museum, auditorium and park store.
Trails re-open until sunset (even after visitor center building is closed) and can be accessed behind the visitor center.
- Sandal Trail: A 1.3 mile roundtrip trail leads to an overlook of the Betatakin cliff dwelling. The trail is paved with an elevation loss of up to 150 feet. This is the only point in the park where the cliff dwellings can be seen aside from the guided tours.
- Aspen Trail: An 0.8 mile rountrip nature trail that ends at an overlook of the relict forest at the bottom of the Betatakin canyon. This trail has an elevation loss up to 350 feet. Cliff dwellings can not be seen from this trail.
- Canyon View Trail: A 0.8 mile roundtrip nature trail that goes along the canyon rim from the visitor center to the park's historic ranger station. There is no elevation loss due to the trail being relatively flat. Cliff dwellings can not be seen from this trail.
Ranger led tours are offered during the summer season which runs from Memorial Day (late May) to Labor Day (early September). Inscription House is closed to visitation.
- Betatakin tours are offered at 7AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Hikes are available on a first-come basis. There is a limit to how many hikers can join these tours. Hikes are subject to cancellation due to weather or unforseen circumstances.
- Keet Seel tours will be offered in September 2023. Four ranger-led overnight trips will be available that require online registration. There is a limit to how many hikers can join these tours. Hikes are subject to cancellation due to weather or unforseen circumstances.
Two free campgrounds are also available on a first-come basis.
OPEN CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ALL CAMPSITES AND WITHIN THE PARK. FIRE RESTRICTIONS MAY BE IN EFFECT ON THE NAVAJO NATION DURING THE SUMMER. PLEASE INQUIRE AT VISITOR CENTER FOR CURRENT INFORMATION.